Welcome to a World of My Art 

September is here and its time to spice up your wardrobe for what it sure to be a memorable school year. 

Spend 50 dollars on any combination of clothing, enter coupon code Backtoschool, and  receive  $10  off your order and free shipping  through the month of September.  Use this coupon code as often as you like this month. I am adding new items to the store each week so keep on checking in.  An array of kids leggings just in time for school. 

Hello, I am C.K. Higgison and this is my website for my paintings, prints, clothing and pillows.  I have had the domain name, Cottage by the C for many years now. Its origins stem from the fact that for over 16 years nearly all my paintings had small houses or cottages in them, and  C is the first letter of my first name.

New this year, 2020 I have set up an online store of selected clothing  with designs of paintings. It currently is live for a selection of leggings, shorts, skirts and dresses. In addition, a selection of pillows, scarves and prints of  certain paintings ( printed on stretched canvas) are available direct from my studio. Check out prints on my gallery page. Scarves, pillows and new headband/ face masks are available directly from me. Email me for photos. 

If you are interested in seeing my work in its original form I have a tiny summer studio in our driveway. This year, since all our outdoor art shows are canceled, I will be hosting Mini-Pop Up Shops in our driveway with my husband Peyton, through out the summer. Follow me on Instagram to see when then 'pop up".  But if you are interested to visit my studio in person before that please contact me directly. Contact me. And in addition, we have a roadside flower stand, featuring flowers and aromatics from our gardens at $5 a bouquet. Bouquets by the Road, 

For those of you you have followed my works through the years you will note that my work has changed, evolved, circled back on 'visual ideas' that have coursed through my works since I began painting. So here I am in the year 2020, updating my site while the world deals with the ongoing anxiety of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic I had already decided my work needed a shake up and I wanted my work  to paraphrase Marie Kondo,  "sparked a joy" in me and in my viewers.  With that in mind approach my canvases and have found comfort and joy in the making and more recently in translating my paintings to pieces of comfortable clothing with my designs on it. This website has some of my works, some of my offerings. Please explore it and don't hesitate to contact me at the link above for any questions or to visit in person. Thanks, C.K. ( aka Chaké) 

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My Story

I have been working with paint and making paintings of one form or another for the past 45 years. While originally from away, Connecticut in fact, I have been living, working and painting in Maine for over 40 years. I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and graduated from Bowdoin College with an A. B. in Creative Visual Arts. I have had various day jobs, from working in an art gallery, to being a visual merchandiser, and running a museum gift shop, but I have finally, in the past 20 years found my calling as an elementary school art teacher.

In teaching art to young children I have found my true balance between making my own art and empowering young children to see, create and find their own visual voice as well.

In 1997 I founded and directed the Bowdoin Summer Art Camp. While I am not longer involved with the BSAC, it is still running strong, and I am very proud of having started it. I went on to become certified as a public school art teacher, with a focus and passion for working with young elementary children. I have taught art at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, at Morse Street School (K -2), in Freeport, at Pownal Elementary, and since Fall of 2015 I became the art teacher at the Yarmouth Elementary School, a public 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade school in Yarmouth, Maine.

I have been married to my artist husband Peyton Higgison, for the past 35 years and we have made our home here in Brunswick, Maine where we raised our two grown sons Hunter and Skyler. Hunter and his wife Joanna have made Alexandria, Virginia their home and Skyler lives nearby with his partner Amanda and their young family. 

For those curious about the signing of my art work as C. K. Higgison, I am of Armenian descent, and my full name is Chaké (sounds like Shacki)  Kavookjian Higgison. While I am very  proud of my Armenian heritage, it's an intimidating name to try fit on my small paintings and even harder to pronounce when seen for the first time, thus I use C.K. for my artist's signature abbreviation.

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The original blue roses dress